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Understanding Human Agency

Erasmus Mayr


Our self‐understanding as human agents includes commitment to three crucial claims about human agency: That agents must be active, that actions are part of the natural order, and that intentional actions can be explained by the agent's reasons for acting. While all of these claims are indispensable elements of our view of ourselves as human agents, they are in continuous conflict and tension with one another. One of the central tasks of philosophy of action consists in showing how, despite appearances, these conflicts can be resolved and our self‐understanding as agents be vindicated. The main ... More

Keywords: agent-causation, causal powers, event-causalism, standard-model, intentionalism, acting for reasons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199606214
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erasmus Mayr, author
Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich